CHURCH NOTICES: Listed readers for this weekend, April 13-14, The Third Sunday of Easter Year C are as follows; Saturday at 7pm Dan Riordan, Sunday at 10am P.J.Oâ€™Grady, Sunday at 12noon Michael Punch. Eucharistic Ministers, Saturday at 7pm Michael Houlihan, John Collopy, Maria Bucke, Sunday at 10am, Kathleen Enright, Sam Milburn, Joanne Tierney, Sunday at 12noon, Michael McDermott, Eileen Oâ€™Shea, Louise Carey. Please arrange a replacement if you are unable to fulfill any duty allocated to you. The weekly prayer meeting takes place on Monday at 8pm and all are welcome. Items for inclusion in the weekly Parish Newsletter should be handed into the sacristy by 9-30am on Friday or contact Fr. Muiris Oâ€™Connor on 353711 or 0866075628. Alternatively they can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in Patrickswell Church on Saturdays from 8am until 12noon, and in Ballybrown on Wednesday from 6 to 8pm.
BLOOD DONORS: The Irish Blood Transfusion Service requires three thousand donations every week, and clinics will be held at the following locations next week to facilitate that ongoing requirement: Askeaton Community Centre on Monday April 15 from 6 to 9pm, and Greenhills Hotel, Ennis Road, on Tuesday April 16 from 5 to 8pm.You can visit any blood donor clinic as long as ninety days have elapsed since you last gave blood, and you are urged to please give regularly. For more information contact the Donor Information Line on 1850 731137, or their website.
TIDY TOWNS: We were most fortunate to be able to avail of fine weather for the night of our Spring Clean Litter Pick, which went ahead as planned on Tuesday April 2. With fifteen in attendance, we were able to complete the operation in one night. Many thanks to Joe, Kathryn and Ronan Tierney for lending a hand so willingly, and also Mossie Carmody for the use of his trailer. All the main thoroughfares in and out of the village were targeted, which resulted in 32 large black sacks of empty and broken bottles, drink cans, paper, cardboard and plastic being collected, which we think is the most weâ€™ve ever collected, along with two horse blankets, one mattress, one car tyre, and an assortment of discarded plastic toys. One only has to witness the nature of some of the rubbish, to realise how utterly filthy and disgusting some people can be and their attitude to waste disposal generally.
COMMUNITY COUNCIL NEWS: Patrickswell Community Council intends to hold a positive living week at the Resource Centre during the last week in May, and would like members of the community to suggest activities and topics which would be of interest during that week. If anyone has ideas which could become part of the Positive Living experience, please contact Teresa at the Resource Centre. Planning is in the early stages, and all ideas would be very welcome at this time. The council also intends to publish a journal in September of this year to coincide with the gathering, relating mostly to the history of the parish to the present date. Any information, including photographs, should be delivered to the Resource House by Wednesday May 1st.
ACTIVE RETIREMENT: Our AGM was held last Thursday, April 4, with over twenty members in attendance. Annual reports were given by the secretary, chairperson and treasurer respectively, all reflecting on an interesting and successful year. There were no nominations for officers as the three existing all agreed to stand for another year, and a vote of thanks was given to Nora, Kathleen and Angela for their efforts on behalf of members during the year. The normal monthly business meeting followed, with various topics coming under discussion, which included details of a day trip to Dublin, which will go ahead next Saturday, April 13. A Tea Dance has been organised for Sunday April 28, in the GAA Hall from 3 to 6pm, with music by T.J.Ryan. Admission will be by ticket at a cost of only â‚¬6, which can be purchased beforehand or on the door. There will also be a fund raising event for Alzheimers Tea Day in May, the date is yet to be confirmed. This weekâ€™s gardening class, which has been delayed for a few weeks, will involve the construction of a raised bed.
FASHION SHOW: The Fashion Show in aid of the Limerick Youth Pilgrimage to Lourdes, will take place in Fitzgeraldâ€™s Woodlands House Hotel next Tuesday, April 16 commencing at 8.00pm. Tickets, â‚¬20 are available from Maria Bucke - 0862619955, Diarmaid Bucke â€“ 0851418012 and Philip Desmond â€“ 0851434644. Tickets also available at the door on the night.
COMMUNITY PROJECTS: Dulux has announced the launch of the Letâ€™s Colour Project for 2013 and so is now inviting applications from community groups from across Ireland. If you have a community space that youâ€™d like to brighten up, then Dulux would like to hear from you. Simply visit the letscolour.ie websitefor application details and enter before the closing date of 7 May 2013. Another scheme which may be of interest is operated by Foras na Gaeilge, which is offering match-funding to all Small & Medium Enterprises for replacement and bilingual signage.
To avail of this assistance, simply forward the details of your company on the appropriate form along with the costing quote via post to:Foras na Gaeilge, An ChrannÃ³g, Na DoirÃ Beaga, Gaoth Dobhair, TÃr Chonaill
The closing date for applications to the 2013 scheme is June 28.
GROW IT YOURSELF: Limerick West GIY will hold its March meeting on Thursday April 18 at 7pm sharp in D&M Garden Centre, Croagh. This monthâ€™s talk will be given by Chris who will speak about companion planting and its benefits. We will also be hosting our second seed and plant swap of the season so please bring any unwanted seeds or excess plants that you may have. During June and July we will be taking Limerick West GIY on the road visiting some of the many interesting gardens of other members. If you would like to host a meeting at your garden let us know at the next meeting and a month that would suit. Contact Chris Enright, Limerick West GIY, 0879918956.